Behind another quality start by Rodrigo Lopez, the Phils piled on the Cubs, including homers by Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard, running their win streak to nine, their once-horrible home record to .500 and their overall mark, which stood just two games over .500 on July 3, to 52-38.
Beerleaguer: Obviously, this is one, sizzling-hot squad right now, matching their longest win streak since the 2006 season. It starts with the pitching, which is how this whole situation got started. The quality start parade continues. I don't know what they're expecting from Pedro Martinez, but Lopez is creating a tough act to follow, winning another tonight for his second quality start in three chances, going six, making pitches and giving up a run. Realistically, that's what I'd expect from Pedro if everything goes 100 percent to plan. Talk about a nice signing; Lopez, a former 15-game winner, was plucked from the scrap pile on a minor league deal after contemplating a return to the Mexican League. Chad Durbin had a great night, too, pitching a mop-up role he seems suited to fill. But Ruiz and this killer offense get tonight's game ball. There's nowhere for the opposing pitcher to hide when they're seeing the ball this well.
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